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  1. Britney Spears & Madonna: Social (50 Chart) Climbers; DMB & Boyce Avenue Have Top Debuts

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST While Justin Bieber continues to hold down the fort at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart , Britney Spears makes the largest positional leap up the tally, flying 21 spots to No. 22. No doubt the excitement stirred by last week's release of Spears&# ...

  2. Pandora, Groupon to Go Public Soon, Sources Say

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST Internet radio company Pandora and online coupon site Groupo nare moving ahead with plans for initial public offerings, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Chicago-based Groupon is meeting with bankers to explore prospects for an " ...

  3. Katy Perry to Make a 'Special Announcement' at Facebook HQ Wednesday -- What Could It Be?

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST In another example of artists turning to Facebook over troubled MySpace for their Web 2.0 needs, Katy Perry will be visiting Facebook headquarters on Wednesday to make a "special announcement." The announcement will be made on Facebook L ...

  4. MySpace Lays Off Nearly Half Its Staff

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST MySpace has announced that nearly half its employees around the globe will be laid off in a broad restructuring of the foundering social network. About 500 employees, or 47% of the company's global staff, will be let go, CEO Mike Jones said i ...

  5. Report: Facebook will disclose financials in '12

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Facebook will be forced by law to start coughing up details of its financial performance or go public by April 2012, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that privately held Facebook Inc. plans to cross the 50 ...

  6. Analysis: Here's How Amazon Can Sell Music So Cheap

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Wonder how Amazon can sell digital albums at $3.99 or less? A chart at Business Insider has the answer. Amazon has an annual average revenue per user (ARPU) of $189, according to J.P. Morgan's math. That figure comes from the company's f ...

  7. Facebook Valued At $50 Billion, More Than Yahoo and Most Entertainment Companies

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs has invested $450 million in Facebook, and existing Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies has invested an additional $50 million in a deal that values the social networking firm at $50 billion, the New York ...

  8. Rihanna Still Atop Social 50, Enrique Jumps Into Top 10

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rihanna holds at No. 1 for a third non-consecutive week on the Social 50 chart, which ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites -- MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and iLike -- using a formula blending we ...

  9. Facebook Replaces Google as Most Visited Website

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mark Zuckerberg continues to have a banner year in 2010. According to research by marketing analysts at Experian Hitwise, Facebook supplanted search engine giant Google for the first time as the top-visited website of the year. The social media si ...

  10. 'Dirty Dancing' Facebook Page With 6.8 Million 'Likes' Not With Baby In The Corner

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Old movies don't die, they live on as Facebook pages. Lionsgate is finding second life in some back titles, showing that a couple decades on, movies like Dirty Dancing still draw big crowds. Dirty Dancing's Facebook fan page is now up to ...

  11. Study: Facebook Rising In Video Streaming

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook has passed Yahoo as the second biggest referrer of online video streams for online video platform Brightcove, according to a new white paper the company created with video analytics company TubeMogul. With 9.6% of all referrals, Facebook ...

  12. Facebook Second Only To Google In Driving Video Traffic

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook now drives more Web video traffic than any other Internet property other than Google. Most video is consumed during the week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But people watch longer videos on the weekends, with the lengthiest Web-video sessio ...

  13. Michael Jackson Cracks Top 10 of Social 50, Peas Hold at No. 1

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas become the first act to score multiple weeks at No. 1 on the recently launched Social 50 chart, which ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites -- MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and ...

  14. Mark Zuckerberg Named Time Magazine's Person of the Year

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST At 26, Mark Zuckerberg is the second youngest person to top Time magazine's Person of the Year. ( Charles Lindbergh received the honor at 25.) Rounding out the top 5 were the Tea party at No. 2, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at No. 3, Afgh ...

  15. @SF Music Tech: Beware of Powerful Online Platforms, Lawyers Say

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music services may have other issues lurking beneath the copyright mess, explained panelists at the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. Because a few large companies are dominant access points, they can have the ability to exert a great deal of contro ...

  16. @SF Music Tech: Beware of Powerful Online Platforms, Lawyers Say

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music services may have other issues lurking beneath the copyright mess, explained panelists at the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. Because a few large companies are dominant access points, they can have the ability to exert a great deal of contro ...

  17. MySpace Drops New Mobile Site

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace launched a new mobile site on Tuesday as part of its recent efforts to reposition itself as a one-stop entertainment destination. The site is formatted for Apple’s iOS, Android, Palm and “select Nokia and Blackberry devices.” An iPhone app ...

  18. News Corp Weighs MySpace Options

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST News Corp is open to a sale of beleaguered MySpace after a relaunch of the social network as an entertainment site, COO Chase Carey told Reuters. A successful revamp of MySpace -- still visited by around 60 million people in October, according to ...

  19. Alicia Keys Pushes Social Ban For Charity

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys has organized a number of artists, actors and others to hold off from contributing to all social media until $1 million is raised for her Keep a Child Alive charity. The move, timed to coincide with World Aids Day this coming Wednesday ...

  20. Ticketmaster Adds Social Features

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster added some new social features to the service today in hopes of better connecting fans with the concerts they want to see. CEO Nathan Hubbard unveiled the changes on the company’s blog . The features are pretty much an extension of th ...

  21. Once-mighty MySpace Deepens Facebook Integration

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a sign of the companies' divergent fortunes, MySpace says it will let its users log in to their Facebook accounts through their MySpace page. Doing so will port the likes and interests they have listed on their Facebook profiles to MySpace ...

  22. MySpace, Facebook To Make Joint Announcement Today

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook and MySpace are holding a joint press conference this afternoon to announce... something. Leading the event are MySpace CEO Mike Jones and Facebook's VP of partnerships and platform marketing Dan Rose. The fact that Facebook CEO Mark ...

  23. Facebook Takes On Google, Yahoo In Web Messages

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook rolled out an all-in-one messaging service that for the first time allows its half-billion members to communicate with people outside the social network, intensifying a battle with Google Inc and Yahoo Inc for users' Internet time. A ...

  24. Google, Facebook Rivalry Takes Centerstage

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The technology industry's latest rivalry takes centerstage this week when Internet powers Google Inc and Facebook lay out their competing visions to create a new generation of Web services at a high-profile conference in San Francisco. The re ...

  25. Apple's Ping Connects With Twitter

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple’s Ping social network for music fans continues to get flack for not integrating with Facebook. But it’s taken a step towards openness today through a deal with Twitter. Starting today, users can connect their Twitter and Ping accounts, allow ...

  26. Google Says Not Building Facebook Rival

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Internet search leader Google Inc is not building a social network to compete with Facebook, a company executive reiterated on Thursday (Nov. 11), despite an intensifying rivalry between the two leading Internet groups. "We're not workin ...

  27. U.K. Aims To Foster New Silicon Valley In East London

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The British government will create a new "entrepreneur visa" and reform its intellectual property laws to try to develop a budding cluster of start-ups in East London into a hub of high-tech firms to rival Silicon Valley. Prime Minister ...

  28. Facebook Revs Up Mobile Effort With Deals

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook, revving up its mobile services for the 200 million people who now use the world's largest social network on their phones, has created an avenue for retailers from Macy's to Gap Inc to offer deals to nearby customers. The new De ...

  29. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: MusicBox President Joel Goodman

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Joel Goodman Title: Founder/President, MusicBox and Composer, "My Lai," "A Small Act", "Canvas" Panel: Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m., "The Basics of Production Music" and 4:30 p.m., "My First Job: How I Land ...

  30. Report: Facebook Apps Transmitted Personal Info

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 10 popular Facebook applications have been transmitting users' personal identifying information to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies. The newspaper said Monday that the breach also ...

  31. Facebook Adds A Layer Of Privacy With Groups Feature

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook Groups was the leading update among several the social service unveiled yesterday. Groups allows users to create multiple private groups so they can send photos, content, posts and so on, to each other while restricting others outside the ...

  32. Facebook's COO Sandberg: Web To Get More Personal

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If there's one piece of advice that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg would give marketers, it's to "let customers become part of the process." Interviewed by the Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington at an Advertising Week even ...

  33. Reznor On Twitter, Social Media and 'Oversharing'

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Trent Reznor is back in digital music news circles again, but this time it’s not for any particularly forward-thinking new media initiatives. Rather, it’s for his contribution to the soundtrack of "The Social Network," the movie about th ...

  34. @Advertising Week: Nielsen Unveils Online Campaign Ratings System

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In a bid to help marketers measure audiences for ads across TV, online and (eventually) mobile platforms by a common metric, Nielsen unveiled a new system Monday—to be launched commercially next year—that will provide, for the first time, TV-type ...

  35. Facebook Resolves Service Disruption Issue

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook experienced technical difficulties on Thursday (Sept. 23) that slowed its website to a crawl or blocked off access for some of its 500 million users, a glitch that has since been resolved. A separate Facebook feature integrated into other ...

  36. Ping Still Lacks Facebook Integration

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ping, Apple's beleaguered attempt at adding a social layer to iTunes, still has no integration with Facebook. And all signs point to no solution to that problem emerging anytime soon. The plan of course was for Ping and Facebook to work toget ...

  37. James Blunt Checks In To Facebook Places

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter James Blunt is set to be the first major artist in the U.K. to embrace Facebook Places, the latest feature from the social networking site. The tool allows Facebook users to publish their current locations on the site via their m ...

  38. Twitter Fixes Flaw After Cyber Attack

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter has fixed a security flaw on its popular social media website after a cyber attack sent some users to Japanese porn websites. Twitter was flooded with tweets by users who complained on the homepage under such topic headings as "Twitte ...

  39. Google Sites To Add Social Networking In 'Layers'

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc plans to gradually introduce social-networking features starting this fall, reviving attempts to compete with Facebook after pulling the plug on its stillborn Wave project. Chief executive Eric Schmidt told reporters the Internet search ...

  40. Apple Introduces 'Ping'; Revamping Entire iPod Lineup

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple is getting into the social network business with the introduction of its music-centric service called "Ping." At Wednesday's press event in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the newest iteration of iTunes, known as iTun ...

  41. Google Polishes Real-time Search, Launches Site

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc launched a website on Thursday (Aug. 26) - Google realtime - for users who want to sift through news, comments and other information on the Internet in real time, letting them follow conversations on social network hubs such as Facebook ...

  42. Facebook Unveils 'Places' Feature

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook unveiled plans Wednesday to let users share their location data with other friends, Foursquare-style, through a new feature called Facebook Places. The service will let users “check-in” at various venues, find where their Facebook friends ...

  43. Facebook Trumps MySpace on Ads

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the social media space, two vastly different ad stories are playing out: Facebook is soaring toward must-buy territory, while MySpace appears to have completely lost its mojo. Advertisers will spend $1.28 billion globally on Facebook this year ...

  44. MySpace Selects Agency To Lead Rebranding

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pereira & O'Dell of San Francisco has won the assignment to help rebrand MySpace following a review, according to sources. The shop bested New York agencies Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Droga5 and Los Angeles-based Goodness Mfg., which made f ...

  45. Business Matters: Simon Cowell, S-Curve, Eminem and more

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Simon Cowell Using SEO To Improve Image? -- Is Simon Cowell using search engine optimization (SEO) to improve his image? From the NY Daily News: “Cowell's U.K. spokeswoman Ann-Marie ...

  46. Facebook, AOL Mull Online Ad Alliance: Report

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Internet firms Facebook Inc and AOL Inc are discussing a strategic alliance aimed at boosting their online advertisement business, the New York Post said, citing sources. The two companies have been talking for several months about a partnership t ...

  47. Business Matters: Pandora, YouTube, Azoff and more

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Pandora Addresses Privacy Concerns -- Pandora has addressed some privacy concerns. Pandora users can now see their profile and choose to make it either public or private. “We're big ...

  48. Facebook to Advertisers: Get More Social

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Mike Murphy joined Facebook in March 2006, he was coming aboard a promising startup with 5 million users, nearly all of whom were in college. A little more than four years later, Facebook is one of the most important companies on the Internet ...

  49. Facebook Hits 500 Mil. Mark

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook officially has 500 million users across the globe. And to celebrate that stunning milestone, the social networking juggernaught is inviting its users to tell the world why they love the site. In conjunction with its 500 million-users-serv ...

  50. Facebook To Close Virtual Gifting Service

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook is shuttering its virtual gifting service, which among many other items for a time included music. The Facebook Gift Shop closes Aug. 1, according to a company blog post , saying the move is to help “focus our product development efforts” ...

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